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Old 09-27-2011, 07:08 AM   #1
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BBC iPlayer radio in Ubuntu


I cannot get BBC iPlayer to work in Ubuntu (11.04). iPlayer program loads OK, but stalls when trying to download the programme material (music). I have installed "Ubuntu Restricted Extras", to cope with missing Codecs and reloaded "Flash" - but still no luck. Any help appreciated.
 
Old 09-27-2011, 09:47 AM   #2
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Hello,

What do you mean by it stalls? Is it completely freezing up, or hanging? Try running it from the command line, and post any errors and/or warnings you get in the terminal.

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Old 09-28-2011, 07:40 AM   #3
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Thank you Josh... By "stalls" I meant "hangs". From the Command line I have typed: "sudo get-iplayer ". This produced a large number of entries listing numerous radio/TV programmes, then the last line: " 584 contacts found" (or similar). Now I have removed and re-installed Flash 10.3.183.10ubuntu (as listed in Synaptic Package Manager) but now I get iplayer telling me to install Flash, as per screenshot attached.
I seem to be doing something wrong.

Last edited by Groware; 10-03-2011 at 06:32 AM.
 
Old 09-28-2011, 08:09 AM   #4
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Are you running the 32 bit or 64 bit version of Ubuntu?
 
Old 09-28-2011, 09:14 AM   #5
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Also, are you sure you have to run get-iplayer as root? Why do you need "sudo" in your command?
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Old 09-29-2011, 01:07 AM   #6
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32 bit -- still no luck

Josh:.. 32 bit;
jdkaye:.. I just thought I should use 'sudo'. Have since run it again without sudo.
Caught a couple of grabs this time... "...-Initial", and then "....-End" which was 850 lines later! Unfortunately same result when I tried to stream BBC -- As per Screenshot attached yesterday inviting me to install 'Flash'.
Thanks for your interest folks
--Rex

Last edited by Groware; 09-29-2011 at 01:42 AM. Reason: Add screenshots - and 6 words
 
Old 09-29-2011, 01:10 AM   #7
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In firefox, navigate to the following page to see if the Flash plugin is even being loaded:
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about:plugins
 
Old 09-29-2011, 02:16 AM   #8
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aboutlugins lists the following:
"Helix DNA Plugin: RealPlayer G2 Plug-In Compatible"
"VLC Multimedia Plugin (compatible Totem 2.32.0)"
plus "Windows Media Player Plug-in 10 (compatible; Totem)"
also documentation says "2.Copy nphelix.so to your Mozilla plugins directory and nphelix.xpt to your Mozilla components directory.
3.Make sure a symbolic link to the realplay script is in your PATH."
That's after instruction to "Install RealPlayer 10
I'll try to do the above if not already done.
 
Old 09-29-2011, 02:26 AM   #9
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Looks like flash player is not being loaded. I suggest you reinstall flash player - see here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Re...dFormats/Flash
 
Old 09-29-2011, 02:43 AM   #10
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When I try to install it I get told to remove previous installs as attached....
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Old 09-29-2011, 03:10 AM   #11
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I have Removed "Flash Plugin" installer, and "Flash Player Plugin 10" , and then again Installed the above Installer and also "Adobe Flash Plugin 10". This is boring.. I'm sure I did exactly this yesterday ! Finished now... I'll test again.
 
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odd it was my understanding that the BBC movie player was MS windows ONLY because of the very over restrictive DRM
and all other players were busted by the BBC's move to windows only DRM.
 
Old 09-29-2011, 03:53 AM   #13
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Same result... refer attached. Also attached is History (yesterday & today only) from Software Centre. It's all happened before.
Yesterday I followed the link to Adobe Flash site from the BBC message (see attached) to download Flash. I had to decide between YUM, rpg, tar.gz, or APT for "Ubuntu 10.04+". Naturally I chose APT. Can anybody advise me... was this correct?

I just note that John VV says that BBC movie player is for MS windows only. That may be true (I've seen it somewhere before), but we are talking of RADIO only. To my knowledge it does not apply to audio only. I have followed BBC 'Help' links that make no mention of radio limitation.
Any suggestions welcome -- I'm close to wits' end !!
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Old 09-29-2011, 05:01 AM   #14
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The easiest way to install the flashplayer plugin on Firefox is to copy the file: libflashplayer.so into your ~/.mozilla/plugins folder and then restart FFx. Ubuntu seems to be making a hash of the installation.
ciao,
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Thank you Josh, this may sound like a stupid question but where can I find that 'libflashplayer.so' and I'm having trouble finding the '/mozilla/plugins' folder. Not sure where Ubuntu Linux stores its program files.
 
  


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